Well the test period is over and I’m afraid Android has been dumped – welcome back to my Nokia E71 mobile phone running the Symbian operating system.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Android – it’s a fantastic operating system. The ways applications are obtained, downloaded and installed is flawless. The number and range of applications available is awe-inspiring. Android has enabled me to do so much on my phone with such eases that my phone has become an integral part of me. And there lies the problem, well one of the problems to be exact.

The phone is doing so much that it’s battery life is pitiful – half a day between charges was not uncommon. Problem was though, even with WiFi, mobile phone communications and GPS switched off you couldn’t get a full day between charges.

Now I know that the Vodafone device I have is hardly cutting edge, but discussions with friends and colleagues say that it’s the same on their handsets and they do have the latest technology from the best manufacturers.

The number of times I have missed important calls because the handset’s gone dead escapes me and that’s a huge problem to me. Don’t get me wrong, the Nokia E71 with a full range of communications applications running eats the battery, but when they’re switched off you get days between recharges.

And one other major problem was discovered. Before going Android I swapped my elderly TomTom for Ovi Maps on the Nokia. It’s maps are always bang up-to-date, traffic flow is included free of charge as is lane assist, speed cameras and speed limits. Despite the small size screen the Nokia and Ovi Maps won me over. Switching to Android saw me relying on Google Maps for satellite navigation instead and I have to say it’s not anywhere near as good as Ovi Maps.

On a recent trip to Coventry I was constantly told to take turns right on the junction, no fore-warning at all. The instructions themselves were very poor – street names are useless when you’re doing 70mph down a dual-carriage way. Had I not known where I was going I could have either had an accident or done 200 miles instead of the 130 that the journey really is.

So, extremely poor battery life and useless satellite navigation has effectively made me decide that the Nokia is the better bet after all. When my contract expires in a few months I will be upgrading to a new Nokia.

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